Mallam Mohammed Munir Ja’afaru
Mallam Munir Ja’afaru was born into the royal family of an Islamic Scholar and the 17th Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ja’afaru Dan Isiyaku, on March 25th, 1956, in Zaria. He Obtained his early Islamic and Western Education at Anchau Takalafia Primary School in the present day Kubau Local Government Area from 1962-1968, Government Secondary School Zaria 1969-1973, College of Arts and Science Zaria 1974-1976, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (LL.B) 1976-1979, Master of Law (Ll.M)ABU, Zaria, 1983 Nigerian Law School Lagos (BL) 1979-1980 and Call to the Nigerian Bar in 1980. He also attended the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru Jos, where he bagged the Membership of the National Institute (mni) in 1991.
His royal background earned him the title of the first ever Yariman Zazzau, by HRH, Dr Shehu Idris, CFR, in 1993. He received a National Honour and Award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2003. His integrity, humility and honour propelled him to the position of Madakin Zazzau, the most Senior Councilor in the hierarchy of Zazzau traditional system.
Madakin Zazzau, Munir Ja’afaru, started his working career in 1981 at the Ahmadu Bello University, as a Lecturer of Law, thereafter, serving as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for Kaduna Cooperative Bank from 1986- 1987. He then became the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs & Culture, as well as Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources all in Kaduna State. He also served as a one-time Chairman, State Prerogative for Mercy and Amirul Hajj for Kaduna State from 1987-1990. Secretary, Nigerian Railway Corporation, 1990-1992. Director, Leasing Company of Nigeria 1994-1996, also served as the Director/CEO, National Maritime Authority, Lagos, from 1992-1996. He became Chairman, National Export Processing Zones Authority, Abuja, until 2004 and President, Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture from 2001-2005 and Member, National Political Reform Conference, 2005-2008. Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustee Ahmadu Bello University Endowment Fund, 2005.
Madakin Zazzau became the District Head of Hanwa, Sabon-Gari, LGA, Kaduna State from 2001-2019, Director, NITEL & MTEL 2007-2008. Member, Kaduna State Economic Council, 2008-2011. Member, Kaduna State Peace and Reconciliation Committee, 2012. Chairman, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN) 2013-2020. Member, FCT Judicial Service Commission, 2019 till date. Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, 2018 till date, Member, National Honours Award Committee, 2021 till date. Chairman, Kaduna State Interfaith Regulations Council, 2021 till date and the District Head of Basawa, 2019 till date. Chairman, Advisory Council of Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, 2020 to date. Chairman, Acxani Capital Limited, 2021 to date. Director, Novare Fund Manager Limited, 2021 to date, to mention a few.
Mallam Munir Ja’afaru, OFR, mni Madakin Zazzau is happily married with children and derives pleasure in giving back to the society and engaging in humanitarian services.